Srinagar: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) held a silent sit-in protest in Pratab park in Lal chowk, Srinagar on Wednesday against the enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir.
On 10th of every month, the association holds a silent sit-in to raise the issue of the enforced disappearances in the world community.
“Under the Indian State’s militarization of Kashmir among other brutalities, enforced disappearances have been used as a tool to suppress the people and their voices,” a statement issued here by the APDP said.
“The world all over is observing the International Week of Enforced Disappearances in the last week of May and the APDP again reiterates its demands that families whose near and dear ones have been subjected to enforced disappearances should be given justice and the cases should be investigated via independent commissions and the perpetuators to be brought to the justice. It presses upon the world community to look into the matter of the enforced disappearances and pressurise India to give justice and bring back the persons it has disappeared to the families,” the statement added.
The statement said that there is an official state policy that ensures impunity to Indian Armed Forces and promotes silencing of the past.
“We also demand that law on enforced disappearance be passed by the Jammu and Kashmir legislature so that the vagueness and ambiguity in the Indian domestic penal provisions can be overcome,” the statement said.
The associaton terms the recent ban on internet services as a way out “to hide its war crimes and the violence that it unleashes on the people of Kashmir, from leaking out to the world community.”